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This article was originally published on the CMA website The California Medical Association (CMA) praised Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year for dedicating additional resources to bolster the state’s Medi-Cal program and expand access to care for low-income residents. Newsom’s budget includes additional investments from …

The U.S. Senate was expected to vote this past week a bipartisan package of over 70 proposals intended to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis. Known as the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, the package includes legislation intended to reduce opioid use, encourage recovery, support caregivers and families, and drive innovation …

San Francisco voters recently passed Proposition E by a 68-32 percent margin to uphold the city’s law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products that are regularly marketed to children and young adults in the City and County of San Francisco. The California Medical Association (CMA) strongly supported this sensible, public health …

Action Required AB 3087 is dangerous legislation that would reduce patient access/consumer choice while increasing out-of-pocket costs Today, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) introduced AB 3087, which would increase patient out-of-pocket costs and result in an unprecedented government takeover of the healthcare market by creating a state-sanctioned rationing of health …

The California Medical Association (CMA) is sponsoring a bill (SB 1303) that would require counties with populations of 500,000 or more residents to replace the office of the coroner with an office of the medical examiner. Current law allows non-medically trained individuals to conduct autopsies, and SB 1303 would require …

Physicians’ groups call for immediate halt to recent policy limiting use of anesthesia during cataract surgery A policy change made by health insurer Anthem, Inc. could result in increased risk for many patients – up to and including blindness – if not immediately rescinded, according to physicians’ groups. The California …

On January 17, CMA launched a new coalition of more than 100,000 California physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, community clinics and pharmacists to protect the gains California has made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and improve California’s health care system. The Coalition to Protect Access to Care will actively oppose efforts in Washington, D.C., …

CMA will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 24 (12:15-1: 15 pm) with Arthur Lurvey, M.D., FACP, FACE, the Contractor Medical Director for Noridian Healthcare Solutions, examining changes to the Medicare program for 2018. The program will include an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Targeted Probe and …

By Janus L. Norman, CMA Senior Vice President “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” -Muhammad Ali In modern California politics, there is no …

Previously, small businesses across California came together to purchase health insurance in order to obtain cheaper rates with their larger pool of enrollees. However, after a sequence of these “association health plans” failed, state legislators worked tirelessly to pass laws throughout the 1990s that nearly eradicated these bands. Today, President …